Thanks to Someecard's brilliantly snarky contributors and Pinterest's ever-burgeoning population of infertiles willing to share their pain and support each other, infertility humor has become a category large enough to warrant its own kiosk at Hallmark's. It may be true that misery loves company, but when it comes to the fertility-challenged, it is also buoyed by humor, courage and just enough bitchiness to keep it all interesting. If TTC, BFP, PGD and PCOS are abreevs that need no hyperlink for you to comprehend them, you could use a laugh today. Here are some of Someecards most-pinned and poignantly funny contributions to the wonderful world of infertility.
The joy of unsolicited advice
There's nothing like having a friend who has God's ear. When in doubt, turn a blind eye and deaf ear of your own to those well-meaning friends.
There's nothing like an empty bank account
Who needs an annual vacation or retirement fund when you can spend every last penny you have on IVF treatments which may or may not work? Maxed out credit cards? No problem! They're not just your debt, they're also your badge of honor.
Dealing with the pregnancy parade
Sure, you got pregnant using your partner's bar of soap, but don't complain about your morning sickness, weight gain or swollen,achy feet until you've walked a mile in the shoes of a woman who can't conceive.
One in eight couples have to deal with infertility treatment if they want to have a baby, so these two little sweethearts may be more prophetic than precocious. But no worries! They have the joys of ovulation predictor tests and cervical mucus analysis to look forward to!
Keep it to yourself
Even well-meaning bitches, um, friends, can say the wrong thing to a woman who can't get pregnant. Dealing with friends who haven't been to infertility etiquette class? Just say no and hang with people who get it, and you.
Sure, you got pregnant in five minutes on your honeymoon after downing four tequila sunrises in a row, but your friend may not have it that easy, so watch your words with care. Relaxation is great, and may even help with infertility, but isn't enough for most. Chilling out is not a solid, one-stop-only conception game plan for infertiles.
Just shut up already
Yes, it hurts, in every way a hurt can hurt. Don't want to deal with people who don't get it? When in doubt, tell them to mind their business. Hang in there honey. Your day is coming.